The State of the Garden

It’s pretty amazing how everything has come in at a different time this year.  It doesn’t always happen that way.  The potatoes are always one of the first things in the spring garden and I was pretty much done with them by the time the squash was ready to pick.  This has been the best crop of squash I’ve ever gotten.  I always figure that if I get about 50 packs or jars of something, that will give me enough to have it about once a week.  That isn’t really true though because I probably start picking squash the first part of June and it produces well til the end of July so I really only need 10 months worth . . say 40 packs in order to have enough to have it once a week.  I’ve put up well over 60 packs/jars . . some dehydrated and some in the freezer.

Now that the squash is starting to near its end, the tomatoes are producing like crazy.  I had to can a batch of tomatoes while Chad and Nicole were here.  Sunday after they left, I picked a 5 gallon bucket full of tomatoes and yesterday in between the rains, I picked another half bucket.  They were wet so I spread them out on to dry til I can get them canned.

Tomatoes

Yep, there’s a little squash on that towel too.  It was going to be for dinner last night but I ended up picking more so I cooked what I had picked last night.

Heirloom Tomatoes

The ones above are mostly the heirloom tomatoes and I keep those separate so we can eat those.  I’ll have to can some of them but they’re the best for slicing and eating.

In the early stages of this garden, I thought the tomatoes weren’t going to do much . . those late frosts really set them back, but if they keep it up, they’re going to give me the best crop of tomatoes I’ve had in a very long time.  That may be a bad thing when I’m in the kitchen canning tomatoes for days on end.

I should can these today but some of them need to get a bit more ripe.  I’m having to pick them greener than I usually do to keep the grasshoppers from ruining them.

So far, I’ve put up 26 quarts of tomatoes.  The little cherry tomatoes don’t get canned . . those are for snacking!  We love fresh tomatoes!

Comments

  1. 1

    I’m SO jealous of your tomatoes!! I have a terrible time growing tomatoes down here. I think it’s just me, though, because other people manage it just fine.
    I LOVE tomatoes! I make this jam recipe from time to time, and eat it on freshly made ricotta and fresh French bread: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/20/dining/201mrex.html?ref=dining&_r=0
    My husband doesn’t care for it, but my son scarfs it down. Sometimes I reduce the amount of ginger in it – especially if I’m not using Roma tomatoes, so you may want to consider that. It takes awhile to cook down, especially if you’re not using Romas – but it’s worth it! I’ll be glad to share my ricotta recipe if you want that, too!

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    They look great!

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    AngieG9 says:

    I’m so jealous of those tomatoes. They are rotting on the vines here because of the excessive rains. Squash, however, is abundant, so I’m making loads of relish.

    Judy H. I printed out your tomato jam recipe. I’ll probably have to get the tomtoes at the grocery, but it really looks good. To me, it’s just not summer without several hours a day spent in the kitchen canning something. And I would love your ricotta recipe. [email protected] I love making my own stuff.

    Judy L, I always had to can so many jars of things to feed my family and the farm hands you wouldn’t believe it. One summer I canned 250 quarts of green beans for myself and another 100 quarts for my mom. I always seemed to make more tomato juice than canned tomatoes, and put that in gallon jars. If I got 4 gallons a day I was doing good. That was always the first thing we ran out of. I also made our ketchup, so that took a lot of tomatoes also. I wish I still had my garden. Not that many grasshoppers in KY.

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    all I have to say is… YUM!

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    Your hard work is paying off!!

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    Last year, I had so many cherry tomatoes, I did can them. They look very pretty in the jar!